Viola's Cream Pie

I had a bunch of extra strawberries that I needed to use up and I thought of this recipe. I made it over a family get together one weekend in Paris and everyone loved it! It's a recipe that came from my grandma Viola, so it's pretty special. We don't have a lot of recipes from her so I cherish the ones I can find. She was an amazing cook and an even more amazing person! 

The combination of cream cheese with whipping cream is one of my favorites. I could eat it right out of the bowl!  You can make it as a pie or do like I did and make individual serving sizes. Any way you make it, it's going to be delicious!

Viola's Cream Pie 
makes one 9 inch pie
print this recipe

Graham Cracker Crust

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup granulated sugar
10 graham crackers, crushed

Cream Cheese Filling

4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream

 photo AE498E43-4146-4EC2-A24A-BC86153BABB9-7318-0000036A947B1BB7_zps198a31b3.jpg

Start off by crushing the graham crackers. I like to throw mine in a ziplock bag to crush them. You can use the smooth side of a meat tenderizer or rolling pin to smash the crackers.

 photo 8BE2B73E-D551-4FD1-B7CE-92FFD8C9D99B-7318-0000036AC20A83AA_zpsbc1068f3.jpg

You'll want them to look like coarse sand.

 photo ED4E54D8-A2F4-48A0-B91C-53068FF9CB81-7318-0000036EAC2F8ADA_zps48a9bd5b.jpg

Next, add the melted butter and sugar into the bag of crumbs and mix well with your hands to combine.

Press mixture into a 9 inch pie plate or a baking pan of equivalent size. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
     photo DA83762E-28EA-4AFF-A9E4-F01F0FC92905-7318-0000036B2989EB4E_zpsf620b0d1.jpg

The crumbs should be a golden brown by this point. Cool completely before using.

 photo 0B93CB98-CF9C-4125-863E-7642DDE7D7C8-7318-0000036B07C52477_zps33181e9a.jpg

Cut up 16 ounces of strawberries and put in a bowl with a couple of tablespoons of granulated sugar. Mix and let it sit until the juices start coming out of the strawberries. Another option is to mix the strawberries with Junket, which is kind of like a jelly you make. It can be found in the baking isle at the grocery store.

 photo D24E7D3C-D0EA-4492-BE16-A169B9D19735-7318-0000036AE232DAE9_zps15c16030.jpg

Pour cold whipping cream into a stand mixer and beat until it is whipped, forming soft peaks. Remove the whipped cream from the mixer and place in a large bowl. Next up is the cream cheese.

 photo CE064696-F4EF-481D-96B2-5848A93D9C0E-7318-0000037832173739_zpsb8b8072e.jpg

Mix cream cheese until its soft. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla.

 photo 2A731FFD-6759-493B-A11C-218A6DEB4CD0-7318-0000036AF87054BE_zps11e04112.jpg 

Mix this until combined, and add to the bowl with the whipping cream.

 photo 5F657DB7-E335-459E-83D7-7A74EE5222F7-7318-0000036B1DB0D0A6_zpsf017e412.jpg

Fold together until mixed completely. 

Crumble graham cracker crust and fill a cup 1/4 full. If you are making a normal pie, just proceed to add the cream cheese and whipping cream mixture on top of your baked crust.

You can store the graham cracker topped with cream cheese in the refrigerator for up to two days. You will want to top it with the fresh strawberries just before eating. Enjoy!

 photo 18E5BFCA-D2A8-407D-B909-060908D5B392-7318-0000036B396F2843_zps59081bec.jpg

 photo violascremepie_zps3dd52d12.jpg



  1. The photos are so crisp and make the recipe so inviting. I love this recipe and another great topping are blueberries or huckleberries!

  2. Wow! Candice, you have done a fabulous presentation! Your photos and words make me want to get started on this delicious recipe! You are so talented---not just as a cook but as a blogger! Best wishes to you and your cute sisters!

  3. Tertis arranged many pieces not originally for the viola. One of my favorites is his version of Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto, which provides a very smooth feeling. viola lessons

  4. The world's best Organic, Vegan and Kosher superfood powders. We create revolutionary, exclusive formulas that utilize ancient secrets with a modern twist check this link right here now superfoods.